At 3.10pm on the 19th of March 2020, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked by 111 to a serious motor vehicle accident on State Highway 1 near Centenial Drive Taupo. On arrival at the scene The female driver was still trapped in the vehicle and the fire service were providing access utilising their cutting equipment.
Rob Keating, Greenlea Intensive Care Paramedic was able to provide expert assistance to the St John Ambulance team who were already at the MVA. The woman was stabilised after being removed from the vehicle and was flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment. The male passenger was treated at the scene by St John Ambulance staff.